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Common Core State Standard
LS.CCS.4/5/6 Grades 3-12: Students are asked to determine the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words through multiple choice vocabulary quizzes. Quizzes are designed to help students demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in words, acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words, and gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to it's overall meaning or function in a sentence.
This Week's Word In The News 


Ascribing human form or attributes to a being or thing not human.

Where critics adored the anthropomorphic singing cartoons of the original, they felt the nature documentary look drove a wedge between viewers and the beloved characters.
The San Francisco Chronicle, 07/15/2019

Words in the News Quiz
5 High School Words

Click on the correct answer in the quiz below.
Then see if you can find the word in your newspaper -- the print edition, the website or the digital edition and copy the sentence for context. NOTE: High School words are much harder to find!

1. Acumen

The lowest point

Extremely rapid, hasty, or abrupt; precipitate.

Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.

Characterized by forcefulness of expression or intensity of emotion or conviction; fervid.

2. Churlish

Having a bad disposition; surly.

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

Having one’s true identity concealed.

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

3. Circumlocution

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

A dramatic or literary form of discourse in which a character talks to himself or herself or reveals his or her thoughts without addressing a listener.

To endow with the rights of citizenship, especially the right to vote.

The act or process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing.

4. Oligarchy

Not interesting; dull:

Government by a few, especially by a small faction of persons or families.

The process in green plants and certain other organisms by which carbohydrates are synthesized from carbon dioxide and water using light as an energy source.

The use of obstructionist tactics, especially prolonged speechmaking, for the purpose of delaying legislative action.

5. Lucid

Of, relating to, or produced by motion.

An underlying base or foundation especially for an organization or system.

Clear to the understanding.

A system of names used in an art or science:

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